By LIZEL S. MACATANGAY
NAGA City —- As the City of Smiles pushes for a more efficient delivery of services, it also continues to remain steadfast in its bid in making this city a haven for health buffs by encouraging more health facilities to flourish and serve the Naguenos.
Just recently, Naga City Mayor John Bongat attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the Naga Imaging Center Cooperative (NICC) along Roxas Avenue , Diversion Road , Naga City . The site would soon be the location of NICC Doctor’s Hospital.
Also present during the occasion are Dr. Nestor F. Santiago, Jr., DOH Regional Director of the Center for Health Development in Bicol and Naga City’s multi awarded mayor now DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo.
The tertiary hospital will feature state of the art facilities, including diagnostic equipment. It will also house presidential and private suites, fifty-five private rooms, semi-private rooms, wards and doctors’ clinics, among others. These facilities will cater the medical needs of all Naguenos and residents of its neighboring municipalities.
Adding to the list of medical equipment is a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), which the NICC wishes to acquire as soon as the hospital commences its operation. Once realized, the said MRI will be the first in the Bicol Region and is expected to serve not only residents of the province but as well as those from Samar and Quezon province.
Driven by a common desire to serve members coming from all economic dimensions, 41 doctors, headed by Dr. Olivia Tuy-Rances, a renowned pediatrician, have initially thought of putting up a hospice which will offer a modern medical facilities yet affordable health care services. Nearing its realization, NICC is just waiting for a year to finally reach its completion.
Now, NICC boasts of 100 doctors who will be manning the service cooperative under the headship of its General Manager, Dr. Francia Lim Antonio.